France can supply Germany with part of its gas in case of shortage – French sources

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Pipes from the landing facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 2’ gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke//File Photo

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PARIS, July 27 (Reuters) – France could supply Germany with 20 terawatt hours of gas, or 2% of German consumption, during the winter months if needed amid the conflict in Ukraine, officials said on Wednesday. from the French Ministry of Energy.

A standoff between Europe and Moscow since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has exposed the bloc’s dependence on Russian gas and sparked a frantic search for alternative energy sources.

Germany, the largest European economy and the largest importer of Russian gas, has been particularly affected by supply cuts since mid-June and is preparing for all scenarios including the complete shutdown of Russian gas supplies.

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“130 gigawatt hours a day is the amount we could supply to Germany. In winter, this could be around 20 terawatt hours, or 5% of our own consumption,” said one of the officials.

However, supplying French gas to Germany would require a number of technical steps and could take some time given the different regulations in the two countries, officials said.

The main problem is that France adds odorants to its gas for safety reasons, while Germany does not, they said, adding that setting up a deodorization plant to remove odorants from gas streams could take up to 18 months.

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Reporting by Caroline Pailliez and Benjamin Mallet; Written by Silvia Aloisi; Editing by GV De Clercq and Mark Porter

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